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First Trust: US bull market still has long way to go

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
Brian Wesbury, chief economist at First Trust Advisors.

By Brian Wesbury, chief economist at First Trust Advisors.

For many years now a relatively large contingent of analysts, investors and journalists has been convinced the stock market was in a bubble because the “Shiller PE” ratio was just too high. Back in August 2013, in our Monday Morning Outlook, we made our case that the Shiller model was too pessimistic. Now that looks like a pretty good call.

Transamerica launches new suite of strategic beta ETFs

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
Deutsche launches two strategic beta min vol ETFs

Transamerica Asset Management has launched four new strategic beta ETFs designed to provide core equity strategies with an embedded risk management feature. Called the Deltashares By Transamerica suite, the new ETFs are the first to track the S&P Manged Risk 2.0 Index Series, which offers exposure to a given segment of the equity market while seeking to control volatility.

SPDR ETFs: Three reasons why eurozone stocks have room to run

Aug 14th, 2017 | By
SPDR ETFs: Three reasons why eurozone stocks have room to run

By Matthew Bartolini, head of SPDR Americas research, State Street Global Advisors.

After a strong rally, eurozone stocks have lost momentum since May, hurt by a strengthening euro. In the past two months, the EURO Stoxx 50 Index has registered negative return in local currency and underperformed the S&P 500 Index by 5%, while flows into European equity ETFs have slowed to their lowest level since March.

First Trust launches equally weighted DJIA ETF

Aug 11th, 2017 | By
Ryan Issakainen, senior vice president, exchange-traded fund strategist at First Trust Advisors.

First Trust Advisors has launched the First Trust Dow 30 Equal Weight ETF (NYSE Arca: EDOW), providing equally weighted exposure to the 30 constituents of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). Ryan Issakainen, senior vice president, ETF strategist at First Trust Advisors, commented: “We believe that the equally weighted version of this index is a noteworthy enhancement for ETF investors, in comparison to the traditional price-weighted version.”

IG picks six of the best US equity ETFs

Aug 10th, 2017 | By
IG picks six of the best US ETFs

By Oliver Smith, portfolio manager at IG.

The US market has been a huge growth area for ETFs and index funds, with falling fees enabling investors to get exposure at a very low cost. More recently a number of new products targeting different parts of the market have been launched in the UK. In this piece we take a look at six of the best US ETFs to consider for your portfolio.

European basic resources sector ETFs making gains

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By
Market Vectors launches unconventional oil & gas ETF

Exchange-traded funds tracking the STOXX 600 Europe Basic Resources Index have recorded impressive returns recently with the index gaining over 10% in the month to 25 July 2017. The index is tracked by ETFs from Lyxor, iShares, Deutsche Asset Management, ComStage and Source.

S&P DJI reports energy sector posted best July since 2004

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By
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By Jodie Gunzberg, head of commodities indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

The S&P GSCI Energy Total Return Index gained 8.1% in July, the most for a July in 13 years, led by petroleum that was up 9.2%. Finally the fundamentals may be showing the oil market is starting to rebalance with the rest of the commodities.

Assets in smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs reach new record

Aug 1st, 2017 | By
Assets in smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs reach new record

Assets invested in smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs have reached a new record high of $592 billion at the end of June 2017, according to ETF industry consultant ETFGI. Smart beta equity ETF/ETP assets have increased by nearly 15% from $515bn during the first half of 2017.

US equity ETFs boosted as S&P 500 hits all-time high

Jul 27th, 2017 | By

US large-cap equity ETFs have recorded gains recently as the S&P 500 Index hit intraday- and closing-high records on 25 July 2017. In a week where 180 of the index’s constituents are reporting their second-quarter results, several companies have delivered better-than-expected earnings, pushing the index to 2,477.08 at the close. ETFs tracking the index, such as the $19.3bn iShares Core S&P 500 UCITS ETF (LON: CSPX), have added around 10.7% so far in 2017.

Satrix launches global, US and emerging markets ETFs in South Africa

Jul 25th, 2017 | By
Satrix new ETFs launched in South Africa

Satrix Managers, the company to launch the first ETF in South Africa, has rolled out three new ETFs on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), providing access to global, US and emerging market equities. To gain its designated exposures, Satrix will invest in funds of the iShares Core Series UCITS ETFs.